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Summary

  1. Arson suspect, 68, released over Dorset stately home blaze
  2. Woman suffers serious injuries when she is hit by car in Bournemouth
  3. Fines come into force for drivers dropping off passengers on road near Bournemouth Airport
  4. Updates from Friday 21 April

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Thanks for reading today. We'll back back with more news, sport, travel and weather from around Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight from 08:00 on Monday.

Cousins jailed for fatal car crash

Two cousins have been jailed for for causing a crash that killed their 19-year-old friend.

Performing arts student Luke Fletcher was fatally injured when he was a backseat passenger in a Nissan Almera, which crashed while being driven near Southwick by Zax Ross-Harris in January 2016.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard his driving was described as "idiotic" as he had been showing off at speeds up to 100mph.

After pleading guilty of causing death by dangerous driving, Ross-Harris was jailed for eight years. He was also banned from driving for 14 years.

His cousin, Danny Ross-Barringer, 25, had earlier been driving the car in a similar manner and pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting. He was given a six-year jail sentence.

Luke Fletcher
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Luke Fletcher, 19, died in the crash in January 2016

Tudor House to open on Mondays

Southampton's Tudor House is to open on Mondays in order to accommodate visitors from cruise ships.

The Grade 1 listed building in Bugle Street dates back to the 1490s and has a Tudor banqueting hall, Georgian drawing room and Victorian kitchens. It reopened in 2011 after nine years of restoration work.

The change in opening times at the council-owned attraction is because cruise ships tend to visit the city on a Monday. It will now close on Fridays instead.

Tudor House
Nigel Cox

Bournemouth v Middlesbrough: MOTD commentator's notes

Simon Brotherton

Match of the Day commentator

"Middlesbrough are still saying the right things about staying up, but it looks bleak for them now and there's no hint of a remarkable recovery in the air.

"They haven't won in the league since just before Christmas and are without a victory from any of their last 15 away games.

"While the Teesiders sit six points short of safety, Bournemouth are perched seven points above it and should be fine.

"Recent results haven't been great though and Boro's often chance-starved forwards will have noted that Bournemouth have conceded at least two goals in seven of the last eight games on the south coast."

Fewer bin collections in Bournemouth

Collections of general waste change from weekly to fortnightly in Bournemouth next week.

The council says the aim is to save £500,000 a year and to "divert as much waste as possible from landfill to recycling". 

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Schoolboy averts fire at family home

A schoolboy who took action to prevent a domestic fire has been rewarded with a tour of the fire station near his home in Eastleigh.

Ian Savage, who was aged seven at the time, switched off a vacuum cleaner which had filled a room with smoke, in line with a fire safety talk at his school.

Ian Savage, his sister Frances and the Eastleigh crew
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

His mother Amy said: "If it wasn't for his quick thinking a fire could have broken out.

"If he had just walked off or tried to pour water on it things could have been much worse."

Dorset beach clean up gets under way

Volunteers will be out in force cleaning up Dorset's coastline from Bournemouth to Lyme Regis this weekend.

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Titanic fur coat up for auction

A fur coat worn by a crew member on the Titanic is up for auction at the weekend.

Mabel Bennett was a first class stewardess whose previous ship was the Olympic. She signed onto Titanic on 6 April 1912 on its ill-fated maiden voyage from Southampton, and was saved in Lifeboat No. 5 when it sank in the North Atlantic

It is expected to sell for more than £50,000 when it is sold by Henry Aldridge and Son in Devizes, Wiltshire as part of a Titanic memorabilia auction on Saturday.

Titanic fur coat
Henry Aldridge and Son

The coat's importance lies not only in what it is, whose it was and where it's been. It is nothing less than spectacular, both historically and visually. I am aware of no other artifact from Titanic available to the public with such a strong personal connection to one of her crew, this is one of those rare cases in which the artifact has a history and a personality all its own."

Craig Sopin,Titanic collector

County Cricket: Hampshire v Yorkshire

Kevan James

Sport Presenter, BBC Radio Solent

Score at tea: Hampshire 177-3 v Yorkshire  

No century for James Vince just yet. The Hampshire skipper wanders off for a break on 97 not out, with Sean Ervine on 3. 

A good session for the home side, despite the wickets of Jimmy Adams and Tom Alsop. 

Listen to Live Commentary on BBC Radio Solent.

Bournemouth v Middlesbrough: Team news

BBC Sport

Bournemouth will assess the fitness of midfielder Dan Gosling, who has missed three games with a calf problem.

Jack Wilshere is out for the season with a fractured leg, so there could be a recall for Lewis Cook.

Eddie Howe
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I'm not going to say that one win will make us safe but we're very motivated to win this game. We were on a really good run before playing the top two. We knew how hard this run was going to be but we've come out mainly unscathed after it.

Eddie Howe

'Take the leg away, and he will run another marathon'

#Get Inspired

Seven inspiring runners taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday
BBC

Those were the words of Denise Arthey to doctors after she and her husband Chris were involved in a road accident while on holiday.

Chris and Denise are just some of the thousands of inspiring runners who will be taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday. 

Read more about there story here and follow the live text commentary on this website from 08:25-16:00 BST on the day.

If you're taking part in the race - or know someone who is - let us know by using the #GetInspired on social media and we could feature your message!

Are you running in London this weekend?

#GetInspired

Meet Fran - she's just one of the many thousands who will be taking on the London Marathon this weekend.....

London Marathon 2017: Beating the bullies, Fran's inspiring story

If you're taking part in the race - or know someone who is - let us know about it using the #GetInspired hashtag on social media and we could feature you in our live text commentary or messages on the TV coverage during the day. 

General election: Penny Mordaunt confirmed as candidate in Portsmouth North

Penny Mordaunt has been chosen as the Conservative's candidate in the forthcoming election in Portsmouth North.

The sitting MP, who is minister of state for the Department for Work and Pensions, was approved as the Tory candidate by a unanimous vote of the local party.

Penny Mordaunt
BBC

I’ve never taken my re-adoption for granted and have always worked my hardest for my constituents. It’s been a privilege to represent them and bring improvements to our city, and I would be honoured if you give me the chance to continue doing that.

Penny Mordaunt MP

General election: Gerald Vernon-Jackson standing for Lib Dems in Portsmouth

Former leader of Portsmouth City Council Gerald Vernon-Jackson has announced he is to stand in the Portsmouth South seat in the forthcoming general election on 8 June.

The seat was previously held by disgraced former MP Mike Hancock who resigned from the Lib Dems in 2014 after issuing an apology over an "inappropriate and unprofessional friendship" with a vulnerable constituent.

Gerald Vernon-Jackson
BBC

Mr Vernon-Jackson contested the seat in 2015, losing to Conservative Flick Drummond.

The party also announced city councillor Darren Sanders has been selected to fight the Portsmouth North seat.

Man guilty of high street murder attempt

A man has been found guilty of attempting to murder a woman who was stabbed in the back while walking in a busy shopping street in Portsmouth.

The 35-year-old victim was attacked outside Barclays Bank in London Road, North End, at about 15:20 BST on Saturday 9 July last year.

London Road, Portsmouth
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Dler Fariq Mohammed, 43, of no fixed address, was found guilty today by a jury at Portsmouth Crown Court.

He will be sentenced on Monday.

Severe accident: M3 Hampshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M3 Hampshire northbound severe accident, at J13 for A335 affecting J14 for M27.

M3 Hampshire - Heavy traffic on M3 northbound at J13, A335 (Chandlers Ford), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J14 M27.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Broadchurch's Axehampton House opens its doors

Bridehead House in West Dorset was transformed into a filming location for the ITV drama

Runners get set for Southampton marathon

London is not the only city hosting a marathon on Sunday...

It is too late to enter but you can watch the runners from 09:00 BST on a giant TV in Guildhall Square or cheer them on along the route.

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Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M27 Hampshire westbound severe disruption, between J5 for A335 Wide Lane and J4 for M3 affecting J7 for A334.

M27 Hampshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M27 westbound between J5, A335 (Southampton Airport) and J4 M3, because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J7, A334 (Hedge End).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

England stars included as Yorkshire face Hampshire

BBC Sport

Yorkshire are in County Championship action today against Hampshire in Southampton with these two back in the side:

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Play is under way and Yorkshire will bowl after the Tykes decided not to take part in a toss.

You can listen to live BBC commentary, follow live ball-by-ball text commentary and keep up-to-date on the BBC iPlayer app.

Smugglers 'imported guns through the post'

Three men have been jailed for illegally importing firearms which they bought on the dark web.

Police said Aaron Bishop, 39, collected a parcel containing a Glock handgun from a post office in Aldershot, although the weapon was never recovered.

He and Martin Beard, 38, took delivery of guns ordered online by "lynchpin" Mark Richards, 39.

Aaron Bishop, Martin Beard, Mark Richards
National Crime Agency
(Left to right) Aaron Bishop, Martin Beard, Mark Richards

Richards, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to evade duty over prohibited weapons, was jailed for five years and four months.

Bishop and Beard, who were convicted of the charge following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court, were jailed for four years and 10 months and four years and six months respectively.

Pensioner seriously injured in collision

Police have revealed that a pedestrian who was hit by a car in Southbourne yesterday evening was a local woman aged in her 70s, whose injuries are "serious but not life-threatening".

Blue Vue Road was closed for several hours after the accident at about 18:30 BST.

Officer have appealed for witnesses to the crash, which involved a blue Ford Focus Zetec.

'We're serving the community much better'

New radiotherapy centre will mean patients in West Dorset will be treated closer to home
Clinical project lead for a new multi-million pound radiotherapy centre, Karen Bew, says the facility - being built with money left by businessman Robert White - will mean West Dorset patients can be treated closer to home.

Bournemouth Airport road fines introduced

Drivers caught dropping off passengers in the road outside Bournemouth Airport face a fine of up to £70 from today.

Dorset County County said it was using a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) to stop pedestrians being dropped off at "unsuitable points" along Parley Lane.

Bournemouth Airport
Google

Bournemouth Airport brought in a £2.50 charge to drop-off and pick-up passengers in 2011 - the fee went up to £3.00 in April. 

The airport said it "welcomed" the TRO which it said was "designed to improve highway safety".  

Woman arrested over Bournemouth stabbing

A 36-year-old woman has been arrested after police investigating a stabbing surrounded a property in Bournemouth for several hours this morning.

Police were called to Wootton Gardens at about 05:00 BST following reports that a woman had entered a man's flat and assaulted him. 

A 53-year-old man was taken to hospital with stab injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening.

Shortly after 08:00 BST officers gained access the property and a 36-year-old Bournemouth woman was arrested and taken to hospital with minor injuries. 

Owner of beheaded cat 'feels unsafe'

The owner of a cat, which may be the latest victim of the so-called M25 cat killer, has said she feels her home is not safe.

Lowri Sparkes's cat Poppy was beheaded in Marmion Road, Southsea, on Sunday night.

Hampshire police said it may be linked to Operation Takahe, an investigation into cat deaths in the Croydon/M25 area which began in 2015.

Headlines: Parnham House arson suspect released

  • A 68-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of arson at a stately home near Beaminster has been released by Dorset Police, pending further inquiries
  • A female pedestrian has sustained "very serious injuries" when she was hit by a car in Bournemouth 
  • Drivers caught dropping off passengers in the road outside Bournemouth Airport face a £70 fine from today

Parnham House fire: Arrested man released over suspected arson attack

A man arrested after a 16th Century stately home was severely damaged by fire has been released.

Fire at Parnham House in Beaminster
Craig Baker/Wiltshire and Dorset Fire Service

Fire crews were called to the Grade I-listed Parnham House in Beaminster, Dorset, at about 04:10 BST on Saturday. 

It is not believed anyone was inside the property at the time of the blaze. 

A 68-year-old Beaminster man arrested on suspicion of arson has been released but is still "under investigation", police said.

Pedestrian seriously hurt in Bournemouth

A woman has sustained "very serious injuries" in a road accident in Bournemouth, police have said.

The pedestrian was hit by a car in Belle Vue Road, Southbourne, at about 18:28 BST on Thursday.

The road was closed for several hours.

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